Sauce Labs Acceptance Tests not saving session data

I have a Laravel 4.2 application w/ a redis server for session data, and am using sauce labs for acceptance tests. Sauce labs works beautifully in my local vm environment. However, on the CI build some acceptance tests pass while others do not due to session data not being saved. I have fired up a lynx browser as well to see if just interacting with the site from the local CI box would save session data and it DOES. This has me very perplexed and I have spent so much time trying to figure out what nuances could be happening on the CI box to cause this. Again, sauce labs acceptance tests work perfectly on my local vm.

Has anyone else encountered this issue?